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BE SURE TO

LOOK AFTER

YOURSELF

Your health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance,

especially in the world of business! Be sure to

understand how to look after your health, as this can

have a huge effect on your work ethic.

8Leadership

coach, Anna Jester, shares her

advice on what makes a great leader in a

post-pandemic world.

TIPS

FOR BEING

A GREAT LEADER

HOW IMPORTANT IS

PERSONAL

BRANDING?

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LETTER FROM

Welcome to Spring 2021 and slightly surprised to find snow on the ground today! Just

goes to show that we should never be too surprised when life and nature throw us a few

surprises and challenges we weren't expecting. I am especially delighted to see so many

businesses excitedly reopening following the easing of trading restrictions and wish them

all massive success!

Fantastic to have you enjoying the April 2021 issue of Talk Business Magazine and our

ongoing thanks to the amazing iPlus Media team for pulling it all together.

A few new features this month including the Meet the Business and Meet the Member

articles. We love to showcase the brilliant individuals and businesses that are in the Talk

Business family and having the opportunity to highlight the inspiring Tidal Training

business and also the fascinating work of Hana Smiddy who juggles a property business

and a flying club! If you feel we could feature your business then please let us know.

Once again we have a video link to one of the Thrive on Thursday sessions we hosted

recently. This time we have Neil Morgan taking us through the Branding Process.

We have a wide range of topics covered including leadership, health, motivation and

features on ecommerce and the Kickstart scheme. Our thanks to all the Talk Business

members for generously sharing their knowledge and experience with us.

Talk Business UK is a membership organisation that develops and organises events and

experiences to help local businesses and organisations from all sectors and sizes to

connect and create opportunities to build long term and meaningful business

relationships.

We would love you to be part of this family.

JONATHAN SMITH

DIRECTOR AT TALK BUSINESS UK


TABLE OF

How to stay healthy and boost your immune system ... 06

Thrive on Thursday ... 08

The Kickstart Scheme ... 10

Building the future; motivating yourself with compassion ... 12

8 ways to be a brilliant leader in a post-pandemic world ... 13

Meet the Member ... 18

Why Print? ... 20

What is personal branding photography? ... 23

April’s Business Showcase ... 25

SaddleUp ... 26

All Aboard The Ecommerce Train ... 31

Talk Business Members Directory ... 33

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WELLBEING

HOW TO STAY

HEALTHY..

.. AND BOOST YOUR

IMMUNE SYSTEM

As the return to work gathers momentum in

re-opening Britain (again) for business,

staying healthy is our main focus in these

challenging times.

What is the best advice for keeping your

immune system healthy and functioning at its

best to help fight viruses?

As in ‘normal times’ the advice is pretty

much the same: ensure you have adequate

rest and sleep, exercise regularly, eat well,

and stay hydrated. But eating the right foods

and drinking the recommended daily intake

of fluids are particularly vital.

DID YOU KNOW..

..that 70% of your immune system is

based in the gut, so boosting your

immune health through good nutrition,

proper rest and good hydration is

important to help fight off infection?

How can I eat healthier?

Vitamin and minerals — particularly A, C and

E, as well as zinc — play an important role in

keeping the immune system strong so that it

can fight off any germs and illness. Consider

your plate of food and make sure each meal

contains a balanced mix of vegetables and

lean meats or fish, combined with dairy and

healthy fats, and this should deliver what you

need to help keep your immune system

strong.


Prebiotic and probiotic foods support a

healthy gut flora, and this is why it’s

important to eat foods such as fruits,

vegetables, kefir products and yogurts.

Why water is best

Your body needs fluids and electrolytes to

function at its best, especially when you are

suffering symptoms like a fever, coughing,

diarrhea and sickness, which can easily

dehydrate you. Proper rehydration helps

with illness recovery.

Healthy hydration levels can also help your

nose by maintaining the health of the

mucous membrane and decreasing irritation

when coughing and sneezing.

Rehydration drinks and sachets with

electrolytes are readily available in the

supermarket or pharmacy and good to take

relieve symptoms associated with

illness-related mild to moderate dehydration

to replace those lost fluids.

Fizzy drinks and those with a lot of sugar like

sports drinks are not such good choices for

sorting dehydration symptoms resulting

from illness because of their higher sugar

content which can make stomach issues

worse. Plus, sugar is bad for you for other

health reasons.

Plumbed in water coolers and fountains

provide excellent ways to keep your team

topped up. With a small footprint most

brands deliver over 100 cups of chilled

water per hour and comes as a free standing

or desktop model. Instant boiling taps also

do cold and sparkling water as you want it –

3 and 4 in 1 taps do it all.

So, to take the best care of yourself when

returning to the workplace don’t miss meals

or forget to refill your reusable or glass at

the office water cooler. Good nutrition,

hydration, rest and exercise will all help

boost your immunity and help to keep you

healthy.

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TALK

MEETINGS

THRIVE ON

THURSDAY

Thrive on Thursday talks have been created to help you and your business take

advantage of the knowledge of leaders in their fields and to grow in your business.

As part of the Thrive on Thursday Marketing sessions, I recently completed a

presentation on ‘The Branding Process’. Brand and branding are issues which affect

businesses of all sizes and it is important that we understand the process.

How does branding fit within your brand journey? What research and planning

should we consider before branding or re-branding? What are the elements that

make branding memorable and successful? What is the importance of the

implementation stage? Why do we need to constantly review the impact of our

branding? These are all questions which are tackled in this presentation.

For those of you who could not make the recent session, you can see my

presentation below.


BE THE LEADER

your eight-year-old self would want you to be

“Working with Anna grew my knowledge around leadership exponentially, enabled

me to recognise my existing values and strengths and build on them – it has

transformed my perception of leadership and of myself.”

VP of finance, global manufacturing company

LEADERSHIP

COACHING

LEADERSHIP

DEVELOPMENT

LEADERSHIP

CHARACTER

hello@jester-consulting.com

jester-consulting.com

07802 294 857


TALK

OPERATIONS

THE

KICKSTART

SCHEME

WHAT IS THE

KICKSTART SCHEME?

The Kickstart scheme is an idea that the

UK government put forward in September

2020, the idea is to help 16 to 24 year

olds, who are on universal credit and at

risk of long-term employment, to gain

relevant work experience and

employability support to help them get

into long-term work as soon as possible.

An initial £2 billion has been provided for

this scheme, and there will not be a cap

on the number of places available, this £2

billion is intended to provide funding for

over 250,000 Kickstart jobs.

The scheme runs until December 2021 at

present but it is expected that the scheme

will be extended beyond that date due to

the significant take up so far.

The most recent statistics from 4th

February

(https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/res

earch-briefings/cbp-8965/) show that

since the kickstart scheme was launched

over 100,000 job placements had been

approved and over 2,000 young people

had started jobs.

As well as SMEs a number of large

companies have taken part in the kickstart

scheme, companies such as Amey who

have created 60 vacancies and Marks and

Spencer's have created 360 kickstart

vacancies. Excitingly for some lucky

Kickstart employees, our very own local

premiership rugby team, Gloucester, have

also decided to take part in the Kickstart

scheme and they have a number of

vacancies for 16 to 24 year olds to come

and join them in various roles.

Pleasure in the job puts

perfection in the work.

- ARISTOTLE

What does the Kickstart Scheme cost?

Each Kickstart placement lasts 6 months

and the DWP will fund the Kickstart

employee’s salary for 25 hours per week

at the appropriate minimum wage for

their age. Employers can choose to top


much more smoothly and more quickly,

employers are already appreciating the

benefits of the Kickstart scheme even more

and the Kickstart employees are getting the

benefits of the experience, working and

getting employability training to help them

stay off benefits and in long term work.

up the pay and the hours themselves if they

wish but it is not a requirement to provide

any more than 25 hours work per week.

The employers have a responsibility to

provide employability training to their

Kickstart employees which is funded from

the £1,500 grant provided by the

government to each Kickstart employer. As

well as training, the grant is also expected to

cover the cost of equipment, uniforms,

management time, HR costs and other costs

associated with taking on your new

Kickstarter. The Job Guru provides a full

package of training and support services

that have been approved for use by

companies taking part in the Kickstart

Scheme, (for more information please get in

touch by email or visit

www.thejobguru.co.uk/kickstart-scheme).

Taking on a Kickstart Employee should be

cost neutral at the very least and should

provide a benefit to the business through

having an extra pair of hands working for the

business at no additional cost.

Teething troubles

Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented

number of applications the DWP have

struggled to efficiently manage the process

which has left employers disillusioned with

the Kickstart scheme. However, it was to be

expected that they would be teething

troubles with something like this scheme,

especially as the Kickstart scheme is a

completely new idea, it was created at short

notice and at a time when resources were

limited anyway. These teething problems are

being rectified and the process is running

Changes have been made to the Kickstart

scheme already, at the start of February the

government removed the limit of a minimum

of 30 kickstart placements per application

which forced small businesses to group

together or to use gateway organisations to

put an application in. Now employers can

submit an application directly themselves for

one or more vacancies this is a much

simplified process from an employer’s point

of view, they don't need to go through a

third party Gateway, the grant funding is

paid directly to themselves and they have

more control and more awareness about

what is happening. It will be interesting to

see what further changes will be made over

the next few months because the scheme

certainly has a lot of potential benefits for

both employers and for young people who

are claiming universal credit and want to

make sure that they can get back into

long-term work.

More support is now available to Employers

wishing to take part in the Kickstart scheme,

for example to make it easier to apply to

take part in the Kickstart scheme the DWP

have created a page on their website with

tips on completing the application

successfully https://bit.ly/3sEUep6.

Companies such as The Job Guru

(www.thejobguru.co.ukkickstart-scheme) are

providing additional support with webinars

providing information about the scheme,

helping with the application process and

providing HR support and Employability

training that is required under the scheme.

For more information about the scheme please join

our next webinar www.thejobguru.eventbrite.co.uk,

or you can learn more by:

visiting www.thejobguru.co.uk/kickstart-scheme or

getting in touch at kickstart@thejobguru.co.uk


FUTURE;

MOTIVATING YOURSELF WITH COMPASSION

This has certainly been a year like no other.

With the effects of the pandemic still

difficult for many businesses, uncertainly

and upheaval will continue to play a huge

part in our lives. Many will face the task of

rebuilding or rebranding their business and

the motivation required to do this can be

difficult to access in the face of the fatigue

we are all experiencing.

Many of us have learned to motivate

ourselves in a highly competitive and

individualised world by being hard on

ourselves and in many ways this strategy

may have been rewarded, though at what

cost? Research has shown that practicing

self-compassion, self-encouragement and

acting as your own ally or coach during

stressful times is a better indicator of

sustainable success than harsh self-criticism

which can set up a vicious cycle of a fear of

failure and inability to persevere and try

again. Perseverance and stickability are

qualities that are needed by all business

owners, especially now. The recovery phase

will also require a certain level of innovation

and creativity which are all hampered by the

unhelpful strategies of the inner critic who

generally compares us unfavourably to the

next person.

Some may fear that self-compassion will

make them weak, lazy or self-indulgent, but

the research shows that people with higher

levels of self-compassion are generally more

proactive and can create a sense of inner

safety which helps them to confront their

mistakes and failings, make positive changes

in their lives and continue to set themselves

high goals.

There is more to self-compassion than being

kind. It is the motivation to be helpful and

not harmful and about developing the

courage to recognise and admit the

difficulties we face and the wisdom to know

how best to help ourselves through. It’s also

about recognising our shared common

humanity and that although at times we can

feel alone and be tempted to withdraw the

reality is that every successful business has

had its fair share of failings and mistakes. It’s

about developing the resources within

ourselves, to keep going through adversity.

Next time you notice your inner critic

discouraging you and demotivating you,

crank up the part of you that best knows

what you need to keep moving forward. The

wise part of you that has supported you

through other periods of difficulty. Talk to

yourself with encouraging tones just as you

would support a friend or fellow business

owner. The good news is that

self-compassion can be developed over

time and with consistent practice.

Kirsty Lilley is an experienced and award-winning

mental health trainer, coach and mindfulness teacher.

If you want to know more about Kirsty, head to her

LinkedIn page for her latest updates.

Connect with her today: https://bit.ly/3qz3fyE


WAYS TO BE A

8IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

Whether we lead an organisation, a team, a project or a specific activity, lockdown has

thrown us a fair few curveballs. With so many of our ways to communicate, connect and

collaborate seemingly turned upside down, there’s been a lot of talk during the

pandemic about the need for a total re-think on how we lead.

However, when we look at the leaders (in all walks of life) who have done a brilliant job

throughout the last 12 months or so, from where I’m standing their leadership approach

hasn't had to change at all. Granted, it might have been delivered slightly differently but

it’s remained entirely focused on the age-old principles of leading others that have never

actually changed (and probably never will).

A TIMELESS RECIPE FOR LEADING OTHERS

In all of the work we do to support successful people to become brilliant leaders, we focus

on eight key ingredients which, together, form a timeless recipe for leading others.

So what are the eight ingredients?

Whether we’re in a pandemic, an economic crisis or a market boom, when these eight

ingredients work hand in hand, the magic happens all round. Leaders feel confident and

informed, teams feel valued and empowered and organisations flourish and fly.


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ONE

YOU - uniquely you on your A-Game

Any leader can only be a brilliant leader when they understand who they are and

how that determines the way they lead. As a leader, what are your superpowers

(AKA big strengths)?

What are your values and beliefs? Where are you vulnerable and where do you

need help? This is the ONLY starting point on any leadership journey and results

in authentic leaders who are valued, respected and loved.

TWO

HUMAN - human connection trumps all

The pandemic has led to the biggest blend of

personal and professional in history - so

many of us have literally taken our work into

our front rooms, opening up visibility of so

much more of our lives and families than ever

before.

The immediate move to normalise and

embrace this from Jacinda Arden on the eve

of the first lockdown decision in New Zealand

role modelled a human approach superbly -

watch it here. Human leaders prevail.


FELT - feeling first and foremost

‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will

never forget how you made them feel.’ (Maya Angelou).

Even the toughest conversations can leave people feeling valued, respected and

heard. Leaders who openly share how they feel and demonstrate compassion

leave an aura of good feeling. Check out a brilliant pandemic example of this

from the Marriott International CEO, Arne Sorenson here.

FOUR

TUNED - we learn nothing when we’re talking

Leaders who listen, deeply, are lifelong learners and get things right, so

much faster, with the support of the people they serve.

One CEO we support set up company tribes the minute the pandemic

hit for homeschoolers, live-aloners, parents of young adults, gym

missers - and more. It resulted in immediate support

networks and a way for her to hear the needs and

challenges of her people firsthand. Brilliant leaders

tune in.

Leaders need to connect with both the left

and right-brain, the visual, audio and written

learners, the introverts and extraverts, the

‘thinkers’ and the ‘feelers’. If you’re a leader,

it’s essential that you mix up how you

communicate across a variety of platforms

(even those where you feel less comfortable).

There’s no one size fits all, even in a

pandemic. Creating communication that has

different colours and is accessible to all is

also vital.

CHAMELEON - don’t just be

one colour and always mix it up


RESPONSIVE - everyone

has a plan until...

‘Everyone has a plan until you get

punched in the face.’ (Mike Tyson).

Being responsive as a leader is about

more than having a plan B, C and D. It’s

about responding to the human being,

the emotion, the question in front of

you.

The leaders who are there, visible,

available always and who say, ‘right

now, I don’t know, but I’m fighting with

every fibre of my being to work it out’

have triumphed through the pandemic

(and always will).

SEVEN

CURIOUS - beyond the seen and heard

The definition of curiosity is to be eager to know or learn something. When we demonstrate

curiosity with our teams, colleagues or customers - it feels great for them and it unlocks

insight we would never get to otherwise.

We suggest leaders ask at least two totally open questions at the start of every conversation,

one to one or with the team. Even in the midst of challenge, make space for curiosity.

EIGHT

FUN - Jestology in all times

Leaders who laugh and help others to laugh create a culture of openness, learning and fun.

Fun is so much more than jokes, it’s activating the power of storysharing, connecting

through celebration, laughing through shared experience. We call it Jestology and it’s an

essential ingredient in the leadership mix, in good times and in times of challenge.


TALK

MEMBERS

MEET THE MEMBER

Thank you for agreeing to be

interviewed for the latest Talk

Business Magazine and in this

interview, we want to get to

know the member better to

share with our readership.

What is your name?

Hana Smiddy

MEET

HANA SMIDDY

What do you do for a living?

I’m Assistant to Michael

Plomer-Roberts MD of Mike Roberts

Property and Take Flight Aviation

Ltd.

What is the name of your company

or the company you work for?

I work for both Mike Roberts

Property where we own and

manage a portfolio of 10-character

commercial properties inclusive of

6 multi tenanted, fully serviced,

business centres in Warwickshire

and Take Flight Aviation where we

offer aircraft hire and flight training

up to PPL (Private Pilots Licence)

Where are you based?

Warwickshire and Oxfordshire

How would you

describe your

job?

As Assistant to

an incredibly

busy and

creative MD like

Mike I would

describe my job as a heady mix of

the mundane and the inspired!

Along with generally running the

businesses; monthly invoices,

purchase ledger, service charge

management, leases, viewings,

renewals, maintenance, general

sales,

marketing and

tea making I

organise

insightful

events for the

members of

Take Flight

Aviation.

I’m also mentor for our Apprentices

and feel very passionate about

offering educational days and work

experience to schools, colleges and

organisations like the Scouts and

Guides. We also offer charities a

thrilling way to raise awareness and

funds by completing the Loop the

Loop Challenge!

Something really exciting I’m are

working on is ‘Cockpit

Conversations’, a new series on our

You Tube channel, where we take

people off the air into the air and


have a chat while flying over their home

town.

Lockdown restrictions has slowed us down

a little but now flying is back from April

12th we’re raring to go. We have some

amazing guests lined up! Check out

previous episodes here:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAMqWFpKOhKRaCsj

U8YKZz0lr9Y2jXU2M

How long have you been doing what you

do?

7 years

Do you have a typical client profile and

what is it?

Mike Roberts Property would be ideal for

the business owner looking to move out of

their home office and into a more

professional space with character. A

business owner who has a larger HQ office

but looking for a regional office where they

can offer less of a commute and social

distanced working but still within a town

that caters for their staff, on the high street,

with all the amenities. Finally, larger

businesses looking to downsize, which is

more common as a result of the pandemic.

Take Flight Aviation is looking for the

aviation enthusiast; the current pilot

looking for the best hire rates and terms

out there. We have no restrictions hire, if

you need a plane for the whole day, the

weekend or even a week, Take Flight are

for you. We are also looking for the future

pilot seeking to gain their pilots licence

and be surrounded by inspirational people.

Any organisations looking to host a unique

event or offer sales incentives can find

assistance at Take Flight, and finally,

people wanting to buy that special gift, a

gift of flight!

What do you enjoy about what you do?

I love the people. I feel inspired by people

and their passions. I get that with both the

property tenants, when they’re excited

about their businesses and their teams’

successes, and the members at Take Flight

Aviation. There is something very special

about being on the ground when a student

pilot lands from their very first solo flight.

What do you do outside of work to relax

and unwind?

I hang out with my son and husband. We

love walking our dog Lando (our crazy

Springer Spaniel) and Hayden and I love

roller blading in the park. I’m also learning

how to play Fortnite so I can team with my

son - I was a fan of Super Mario Brothers

circa 1996 – the games are so different now

though! I love to read and listen to

podcasts. I really enjoy the gym and can’t

wait for the Body Pump class to come back

soon.

What is your favourite cake?

My favourite cake is any cake - I couldn’t

chose – they’re all too yummy! I love to

bake so there is always a cake of some sort

in the house (hence the ‘looking forward to

the gym reopening)

Tell us one

thing that

people would

not know about

you?

People may not

know I’m a

Scout Leader,

1st Leek

Wootton Beaver

Scouts, and I

celebrate 5

years’ service this year. My claim to fame is

that I was the first ‘girl’ Scout! I never

fancied girl guides and my mum was a

Scout leader. When they said girls could

join the scouts which was only for boys… I

was the first in the queue!

How can people get in touch with you or

connect with you?

We are everywhere on the socials you’d

expect to see us, so do check us out.

I can be found on LinkedIn: Hana Smiddy |

LinkedIn or you can email me at

office@mikerobertsproperty.com, or on the

telephone here 07432 321 615.


TALK

MARKETING

WHY

PRINT?

In an era of digital domination does print

still have purpose? In this article we take

a look at why printing is still relevant and

why marketers should use print media to

stand out from their competitors and

attract audiences.

WHY PRINT?

It is more important than ever for brands to

maintain their share of voice and to ensure

that creative communication is more

relevant and engaging than their rivals.

How can this be achieved when it is so easy

to get lost in the day-to-day competitive

world of social media and digital

marketing?

This is where print cuts through the noise;

when used thoughtfully print marketing

can produce fantastic business results, and

here’s why….

DIGITAL OVERLOAD

- Consumers today constantly face more

and more information online - people are

overloaded with digital information.

“Mail is open, read or filed giving it a 94%

engagement rate, compared with an email

open rate of 20% and click through rate on

online advertising of 5-10%.” - Royal Mail

Market Reach.

A QUESTION OF TRUST

- Print is seen as an honest, dependable

source, when compared with digital media.

The term ‘fake news’ is often banded about

with the validity of online sources often

being questioned.

“Print advertising is trusted by 82% of

respondents, compared to just 43% for

social media advertising.” - Marketing

Sherpa

PRINT GETS NOTICED

- Print is tangible, you can touch and feel it.

You can pick different materials and use

various printing techniques to provide a

sensory appeal that words on a screen just

can’t compete with.

BETTER RETENTION RATES

- Digital media is often ignored, deleted or

scrolled past but studies have shown that

consumers have better retention rates

when consuming print, coupled with this,

print is longer lasting;

“A piece of mail can remain in a home for

more than 28 days, reinforcing a message

for a month, and giving the brand presence

in the home.” - Nicky Bullard, Chairwoman

& Chief Creative Office MRM/McCann &

Royal Mail Market Reach

GDPR COMPLIANT

- Working from home has become the

norm for many, now is the ideal time to run

a targeted direct mail campaign. In


addition consent is not required from the

consumer to mail them in their own home.

WORLD LEADER IN

SUSTAINABILITY

- The print and paper industry is a world

leader when it comes to sustainable

materials, renewable energy and recycling.

‘Go Paperless – Go Green’ is one of the

world’s biggest myths and is known as

Greenwashing. Paper remains one of the

best environmentally friendly media.

PRINT AND DIGITAL

However, having said all this there is no

denying that digital marketing is here to

stay, the best way to get results is therefore

to combine print and digital marketing.

Print can be used effectively to increase

traffic to digital channels this can be

achieved by, for example, using social

media handles on printed material, QR

codes linking to websites, unique URLs or

even SMS codes which enable potential

customers to connect online. These

techniques can lead to increased response

rates and greater tracking of leads.

Combining your digital marketing with

print creates a dynamic marketing strategy

that will reach your target audience and

deliver return on investment.

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WHAT IS

PERSONAL

BRANDING

PHOTOGRAPHY?

AND WHY IS IT

DIFFERENT FROM A

HEADSHOT?

BRANDING PHOTOS -

Branding photos for a TV presenter and vet based

in the Cotswolds.

For a small business owner, an online

presence is a necessity. For many business

owners who offer a personalised service,

that online presence needs to reflect the

brand values of the business.

It might be being seen as an inspiring

leader, a thoughtful advisor or teacher, a

creative artist or a dynamic coach. It might

include outstanding customer service &

care along with expert status.

The brand shows what someone stands for

and is known for, rather than just their

commercial intent or their local celebrity

status. The brand then helps immensely

with marketing, because the core values


Branding

photographs.

BRANDING PHOTOS -

A few branding photos from the collection of

leadership coach Anna Jester (see also the

cover photo). There’s a consistent splash of the

same key brand colour in most of the images.

are clear, attracting ideal clients while

helping to filter out prospective clients who

aren’t a good match.

But how to best to communicate a brand?

A bespoke collection of on-brand images

that portray the whole ethos, values and

personality of the person is one way. This

is personal brand photography, and it’s

very different to a few headshots. It might

be a portfolio of over 100 professional

images that includes the person in a variety

of roles and locations, reflecting who they

are, their message, the service or products

that they sell, together with personal and

business items that have stories behind

them.

Combined with text that clearly

communicates, these can be used to reveal

the values and journey of the person,

making them much more credible and

relatable. Marketers will recognise this

“high quality collateral”.

With the need to give websites and social

media more & more content, a collection of

images like this can be invaluable,

providing many months worth of content.

It can be tempting to use stock images, but

they are generic and not unique to a

brand. Plus there’s no consistency. To

create your own brand photography

library, a good starting point is to take

photos of the things that have been

important to your business journey.

Anything from your diary, your first

business card, the little things that inspire

you, images that match your mood, people

that helped, where you work, etc. All this

helps build the know, like and trust that is

so important to attract ideal clients.

To create the best photos of small items in

good light, put them close to a window,

but out of direct sunlight, and take a series

of photos while you have everything setup.

Layflat shots, taken from directly above, are

popular.

Perhaps get a friend or two to act as your

clients and create some photos of you

providing your service. Planning of clothes

and location are key. Getting photos of

real (and happy!) clients is a fantastic way

to accompany glowing testimonials. There

are lots of good reasons to start building a

library of images about your business.

The author, Laurence Jones, is a personal

branding photographer based in Warwickshire.If

you are in need of some personal branding

images, please get in touch:

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When was the company founded?

April 2017

Where is the company based?

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

How many staff does the company have?

A team of 10 paramedics and first

responders

What does the company do?

Teaches workplace first aid to support HSE

requirements and to give staff the

confidence, skills and knowledge to assist

in the event of a workplace accident, injury

or emergency.

What is your company specialism?

High quality Ofqual regulated safe and

socially distanced face to face First Aid

training, focussing on practical skills such

as CPR how to use a defibrillator, choking

and seizures. We teach all subjects first aid

related from anaphylaxis to wound care

management.

Do you support a charity, if so who and

how do you support the charity?

We actively support several charities and

local appeals. Our key partner is GWAAC.

Director Clare is the Co-Founder of Public

Hearts Cheltenham - raising awareness and

numbers of lifesaving defibrillators in

Cheltenham. Learn more here:

https://tidaltrainingdirect.co.uk/public-hearts-ch

eltenham-24-hr-public-access-defibrillator/

Why is the company a great company to

work for?

With over 120 5-star reviews and a

reputation for outstanding training, what

our clients reflect about us is much more

impactful than anything we could say about

ourselves! Nothing is more important than

helping some-one when they need it most

and that’s what we take the greatest pride

in teaching.

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Give our readers an insight to what you

do:

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learning first aid is, read here:

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563753680485288

What is the company vision?

To teach first aid and life saving skills to the

best of our ability to help someone when

they need it most

Where are your customers based?

(local, national, international)

England and Wales

How does the company attract new

customers?

Referrals, recommendations and renewals

APRIL’S

BUSINESS


UP

As industries grapples with sporadic

sales, supply chain issues, restructures

and redundancies it is so important

that we stick together, innovate and

demonstrate inherent human values

of generosity, hope and kindness.”

There is still time and energy to

invest in people who have been

made redundant.”

Thankfully, our industry may be

less affected than others, as

customers focus on home

improvements and renovations.”

Fisher & Paykel’s David

Woollcott launches a

not-for-profit to support

redundancies.

Our vision is to reduce the

personal and psychological impact

of redundancy, understand the

circumstances, give hope, show

respect and encourage

meaningful, ‘forward-facing’ steps.

After hearing of a large number of lay-offs, I was

upset and concerned so I sent out quick post to

my LinkedIn network (whilst making dinner),

offering free advice and a listening ear. By 7am

the following morning, this single post had

received 50,000+ views, countless shares from

all over the world, hundreds of heart-warming

words of encourgement and 70 requests for

call! That’s a lot of social media action for

someone who specialises in luxury appliances!

Being the MD of a growing organisation in the

UK, 60 hours per week is the normal. By 9pm

Other industries, like the Arts

and travel are having a torrid

time and have my full

sympathy. I believe the

SaddleUp! vision will work

across all industries.”

I had no idea that people, complete

strangers, would actually want to talk to

me, it was more an offer for those people

who were notified of redundancy that they

were not alone, there is a way forward and

it may be better than the role they already

had!”


that evening, I had completed 3 fascinating

video calls and was booked out until

October. The need was demonstrated by

this small activity and I was determined to

find a wider application and scale it,

quickly. The need is now and this had

quickly become my ‘side-gig.’

“WHO SAYS THAT REDUNDANCY

IS ALWAYS A BAD THING, AT

TIMES IT IS A RELIEF!”

Following a call out on LinkedIn,

appointments were booked.

By mid-August, I have completed more

than 50 calls with would-be strangers to

help them through such challenging times.

It has been an incredible experience, one

which has given way more to me than it has

taken. This is what I have spent some of my

evenings and my weekends doing.

Thanks to the first callers, I now have a

model on which I want to improve and

build on. I want to create a not-for-profit.

Already, many have found their next role

and when they write to me I cannot explain

the happiness I feel, that I was able to help

and encourage an unknown professional,

in their moment of anguish. When we help

one another, without commercial gain or

favour, it is an amazing feeling and it’s

needed now more than ever!

In 18 years, I have directly and indirectly

recruited over 300 people and am

recruiting currently so have a long history

of what stands out, what attitudes are

required and how to ‘SaddleUp!’ I cannot

sprinkle fairy dust or wave a magic wand

but it is amazing what peer-to-peer

encouragement can do; how it can

turbo-charge someone’s self esteem.

The Government is reporting record

redundancies, not seen since the GFC and

companies are planning for the end to the

furlough support arrangements. It’s an

unsettling time and we cannot rely on the

Government alone to find the solutions. It

is businesses, large and small and

individuals who will drive our economy

back to full strength but it will take some

goodwill and charity from our leaders

across all business sectors.

“In reality, we may see that our industry fairs

well as people focus on their home

environments by investing in their kitchens,

bathrooms and gardens. Afterall, the

annual trip to the Med, Cornwall and France

or further afield has been difficult if not

impossible to achieve this year. In the

meantime, companies may well shed staff

to save costs and protect their core.”

The government has spent a fortune

propping up industry and providing a

life-line to most sectors but they have

admitted that redundancies and the social

consequences will be severe in the short

term. The impact on mental health and

families is more severe still.

At this time, the strength of our industry is

in its ability to drive competitive forces for

the good of our customers, whilst sticking

together and collaborating. At Fisher &

Paykel, we understand human values

deeply and are encouraged to lean on

these at all times. If our team can commit

energy to these causes, we are more than

happy to support it.

With this thought, I decided to build a

concept for a small not-for-profit and

commit just 2 hours per week to those who

wanted to talk to me. I have nothing

special to offer, apart from having been

made redundant in the past and having

made redundancies myself, I am also a

good listener and take a deep interest in

people. What I don’t do is give advice!

Both being made redundant and making

redundancies are horrible, emotionally

draining experiences which need

supporting by peers, friends and family. I

decided I can offer this in addition to

leading the changes going on in our own

business. The weekends and evening

provided a window in my diary to connect.

The project is called ‘SaddleUp!’ It only


exists as a small communications platform

on LinkedIn and FaceBook, supported by

friends and experts who are guiding me

through and providing encouragement.

Some of my contacts and colleagues have

been incredibly generous with their time.

This isn’t my typical area of expertise! They

are all seeing the need, they get the

concept immediately and cheering me on.

Many of my friends who have been made

redundant or have suffered a career

wobble wish that they had a free, no

pressure service like this to get started.

I am not a psychologist or trained

councillor, this is important; I don’t offer

advice. But what I do focus on is listening

and steering the professional towards their

own way of thinking, their own plan and

their own future. I then try to chunk it

down into some small steps. This isn’t a

complex skill and I’m confident that I can

find the right people from all sectors to join

me, in time.

Each caller has been at a very different

stage. Some have been furious and

needed someone to vent to, I was happy to

take this call as confronting as it may be.

They can’t shout at their spouse, their

family or their friends but they can tuck into

me! Hearing the relief when they have said

what they have always want to say is

amazing, it’s the beginning of the rebuild.

During the height of the Covid-19

lockdown, pubs and restaurants were

closed, so this avenue of light

relief was also shut off.

across the table takes no pleasure in

making a redundancy. It is often a

commercial necessity to save the business

and the remaining employees.

The vision is to recruit fellow industry

leaders (or leaders outside of my industry)

who have been in a situation, which is a

reality of today’s environment. The truth is,

many learn from the experiences and go

on to do bigger and better things, look at

Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs

and millions of others…. They were all

made redundant and went on to do

amazing things.

My Dad was made redundant in 1980 and

went on to set up his own business, which

was successful, he wouldn’t have done this

without a letter of redundancy. I am also

much happier following my own

redundancy and want to turbo charge this

line of thinking in others.

There are between 50,000 – 100,000

people who are made redundant in any

given month in the UK. That is around

17,000 per week! It is a financial burden, a

mental health issue and a destroyer of

confidence. My vision is to tackle the

mental health issues and the damage to

self-esteem in good time to allow a bounce

back, a Saddle-Up! The economic impact

is also vast. Our ability to bounce back as a

nation and not take a set-back, a national

tragedy as a mortal wound will be

incredibly important. I want to call on

Some were pragmatic and

relaxed but just wanted a

business leader, manager or

mentor with an empathetic ear

to understand the concern and

see it impartially.

I also shared my experience of

redundancy and having made

great people redundant, both of

which were deeply unpleasant. I

think it is important to

understand that the HR Manager

or business leader who is sat


industry and civic leaders in all sectors to

engage very directly with those who are

personally impacted. This means opening

up.

Employers are also terrible at the

redundancy and restructuring process in

my experience. It is full of litigation,

silences, fumbled communications, NDAs

and that all lead to frayed relationships

and potential PR disasters. We need to

understand the human element and treat

each other as equals, as humans. There is

fear on side of the employer as well as on

the side of the employee. I can’t think of a

more artificial, in-humane process from

employers who were once your biggest

supporter. No wonder it feels like a

betrayal.

Long term, I would like to see wider and

longstanding IR and employment reform

where a redundancy process is outlined

before someone is employed.

Competitive and comparative forces will

be then be set up to drive improvements.

Fisher & Paykel has a strong social focus

and an even stronger set of human values.

We apply this to our customers and our

own teams.

SaddleUp! has its own LinkedIn page and

Facebook page but remains in its infancy.

David is working with his contacts and

friends pro bono to build a website

quickly to expand the reach of this free of

charge service. The limits will be my time,

so I need to recruit a team of ‘Saddlers’

from different industry sectors willing to

give up 2 hours of their week.

If you want more information about SaddleUp! find

out more on LinkedIn:

Keep up to date: https://bit.ly/2Qicc2X

- A peer to peer, human to human call

where the Saddler listens to someone in

their approximate industry who has just

been made redundant.

- Experiences and insights are shared,

empathy is shown and a relationship of

mutual respect, encouragement and hope

is built.

- The Saddler can also review past

employment, LinkedIn profiles and CVs

and provide a few hints and tips to get

started and become slowly future

focussed.

- SaddleUp shows that leaders across a

wide category of industry sectors cares for

its people, supports them in challenging

times and understands human frailties.

- SaddleUp also respects companies who

have had to make difficult decisions

- SaddleUp isn’t medical or psychological

and shouldn’t be presented as such.

- SaddleUp doesn’t generate revenue or

refer to businesses who charge fees, it isn’t

a pool for recruiters.

- SaddleUp doesn’t provide fixed advice or

steer conversations.

WHAT’S NEXT?

More research, more fact finding and more

calls. As it exists at the moment, it is

working and of great value for some

people who I am connected with and that’s

good enough for me.

Ultimately, I believe in a bigger topic, a

wider conversation and more decisive

action from each and every one of our

business and civic leaders across the

country and would love to think that

SaddleUp! could be the inspiration.


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THE ECOMMERCE

A staggering 17.2 million Brits

have turned their attention to

online shopping in recent times

and it’s a trend that shows no

signs of slowing down.

At Stratford Storage and Distribution (SSD)

we have seen a significant increase in

enquiries and new customers in the

Ecommerce space. It’s an exciting time, for

new and existing online sellers, but the

complexities and jargon can also feel like

a blocker - luckily, we are here to keep it

simple!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Opportunities in Ecommerce, also known

as electronic commerce or internet

commerce, have never been greater yet in

other ways more complicated - including

the confusing Brexit import and export red

tape and the rising costs and limitations to

using fulfilment centres, such as Amazon.

THERE ARE FOUR MAIN TYPES

OF ECOMMERCE:

B2C (Business-to-Consumer)

B2B (Business-to-Business)

C2B (Consumer-to-Business)

C2C (Consumer-to-Consumer)

Product:

If you’re just starting out, the first step is

knowing what products you want to sell

and it’s quite easy to feel like you’re in a

‘sweet shop’ but there’s a few key

questions to ask yourself, to ensure you

create a product offering that’s timely,

relevant and meaningful:

- What products, niches or industry are

you particularly passionate about or

interested in?


- What products, niches or industries are

your friends passionate about?

- What pain points do you have in your

own life?

Storage:

Start-up’s in particular often don’t factor in

storage, both in terms of cost and capacity

(often your living space!) You’ll need to

think about where your product is being

taken once it has been dispatched to you

from the supplier – your home, office, lock

up or unit? All of these options have

overheads and may also not be the most

secure option.

For existing sellers, planning to ensure you

can scale quickly for your business is key,

to ensure you have greater capacity for

both permanent or intermediary space

between your product arriving and going

to a fulfilment centre, such as Amazon.

Fulfilment:

What does fulfilment mean? In essence it’s

the process that ensures your orders leave

where they are stored, in the way that fits

with your offering. It’s important to think

about using a partner who understands

your fulfilment needs - via an easy process,

on time, in great condition and presented

in a way that represents your brand. If you

are existing seller make sure your provider

is able to easily integrate with your

existing platforms; at SSD the Mintsoft

platform meaning sellers can check their

stock in real time, customise their brand

and reporting.

Distribution:

The most important outcome is that orders

are delivered on time, whether it’s to a

fulfilment centre or directly into the hands

of your customers.

If you are a start-up you might have

already spent time queuing at the Post

Office - not ideal if you want to grow the

business and get the best rates for

distribution! Make sure you work with a

partner who gives you great

accountability, with full tracking and proof

of delivery; we think this is absolutely key

to ensuring that your customers get a

great service, and you get peace of mind.

For those operating on a larger scale, from

platforms such as Amazon, QVC and Ebay,

SSD are able to ‘Fulfil By Merchant’ (FBM)

to your customer.

Our experience means we know the areas

that sellers, new and existing, can get

stuck on. Our approach means we can flex

and work with you on your journey, to

grow, scale and everything in between!

Talk to us about how we can support you,

so you get your products into the hands of

your customers in time, cost effect and

stress-free way – you can also download a

copy of our Get Started In Ecommerce

Guide HERE.

April marks our 5th Birthday – join us over

on our social channels to celebrate!

Insta: @ssd.ltd

Facebook: /SSDLtd

If you want more information about SSD, you can

visit the website:

www.ssd.uk.net, or call 01789 777 905 and email

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Dallas Burston Polo Club, Southam

HR

Health

We’re a creative, strategic

Business Services Agency,

providing services across

the whole HR function

from recruitment, HR,

Organisation Design and

Development and L&D.

07789 221 195

sarahb@freshseed.co.uk

www.freshseed.co.uk

07429 390 430

www.thehrconsultants.co.uk

enquiries@thehrconsultants.co.uk

01242 500 557

hello@hr-star.co.uk

KIRSTY LILLEY, MINDFULNESS TRAINER

07852 251 805 - kirstylilley2903@gmail.com

www.hr-star.co.uk

VOXXLIFE WEARABLE NEUROTECH

ourhealth.voxxlife.com - 07976 158 961 - ourhealth3@outlook.com

Caremark Warwick, Leamington Spa

Concierge Medical, Warwick

Illuminate VR Services Ltd, Warwickshire

Hospitality

STRATFORD PARK HOTEL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

www.thestratfordpark.co.uk - 01789 731 857 - golf@thestratfordpark.co.uk

WOOTTON PARK, EVENTS AND BUSINESS CENTRE

www.woottonpark.co.uk - 01564 330 350 - magic@woottonpark.co.uk

Hilton, Warwickshire & Stratford-Upon-Avon

Warwick School Venue and Events, Warwick

MORRISON INSURANCE SOLUTION

www.morrisoninsurance.co.uk - 01789 766 888 - general@morrisoninsurance.co.uk

EML Insurance Brokers, Stratford Upon Avon

WPA Healthcare Practice, Gloucester

WPA Healthcare Practice, Stratford Upon Avon

Legal

Local Authority

Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Warwickshire

Manufacturing

01926 356 000

www.alsterskelley.com

julie.mcgarrigle@alsterskelley.com

01926 883 010

www.wrighthassall.co.uk

emma.marsh@wrighthassall.co.uk

MOORE & TIBBITS SOLICITORS

qualitysolicitors.com - 01926 491 181 - email@moore-tibbits.co.uk

SHAKESPEARE MARTINEAU

www.shma.co.uk - 01789 416 400 - andrew.smith@shma.co.uk

Harper James Solicitors, Sheffield

Hughes Legal Limited, Warwickshire

Lodders Solicitors, Gloucestershire

Spratt Endicott Solicitors, Oxfordshire

WSP Solicitors, Gloucestershire

Since 1959 Vitsœ has made long-living

furniture, always striving to be better rather

than newer, for the many people who share

a profound interest in all of our tomorrows.

01926 936 606 | email@vitsoe.com | www.vitsoe.com/gb

01926 430 510

www.boxfactory.co.uk

sales@boxfactory.co.uk

BLISS MARKETING

07841 577 876 - www.blissmarketing.co.uk - nikki@blissmarketing.co.uk

GLUED - THE BUSINESS OF BRANDING

www.gluedlimited.co.uk - 07787 557 197 - robharrison@gluedlimited.co.uk

THE M GURU

www.themguru.co.uk - tel:07958 478 590 - mguruuk@themguru.co.uk

Footprint Social Media, Stratford Upon Avon

Public Marketing Communications, Leamington Spa

YouNeek Productions, Warwickshire

Media

MATT MADDEN PHOTOGRAPHY

www.mattmadden.photography - 07876 022 498 - matt@mattmadden.photography

SAM STEVENS MEDIA

www.samstevensmedia.co.uk - 07989 301 213 - sam@samstevensmedia.co.uk

Avon Studios Photography, Warwickshire

Photography

I am a very experienced Advertising,

Commercial and Portrait photographer

working for advertising agencies, designers

and direct clients. specialising in portraits,

lifestyle and tourism .

01608 695050 | lorentz@gullachsen.com

www.gullachsen.com

01527 313 250

www.ljonesphotography.co.uk

laurence@ljonesphotography.co.uk

07813 137009

hello@sallycrane.co.uk

www.sallycrane.co.uk

JOHN CLEARY PHOTOGRAPHY

johnclearyphotography.co.uk - 01926 271 128 - talkbusiness@johnclearyphotography.co.uk


Property

Solicitors

Wealth Manager

GRANTCF LTD

www.grantcf.co.uk - 01789 730 380 - sales@grantcf.co.uk

01453 847200

DAVIDSON PERT FINANCIAL ASSOCIATES LTD

A Senior Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management

MIKE ROBERTS PROPERTY

mikerobertsproperty.com - 01676 532 414 - office@mikerobertsproperty.com

Hygenie Ltd, Nuneaton

Lighting Solutions Plus, Stratford upon Avon

Speakers

www.wspsolicitors.com

marketing@wspsolicitors.com

We work closely with all of our clients,

building a relationship based on trust

and an in-depth understanding of their

personal finances.

The Rosconn Group, Warwickshire

juliekentmbe.com

07966 388 808 | www.davidsonpert.co.uk

gerry.slora@sjpp.co.uk

The Gardensmith, Gloucestershire

Recruitment

Training

Web

THE JOB GURU

www.thejobguru.co.uk - 01242 644 344 - steve@thejobguru.co.uk

Sales

Excelerate Resources finds people for people.

Through our partnerships we work locally and

internationally in all sectors. We have long-term

relationships with employers and candidates,

supported by our networking. A small and

experienced team always happy to chat.

01926 747 606 | david.kelham@excelerateresources.co.uk

www.excelerateresources.co.uk

iPlus Sales are experts in sales lead generation

through both online and offline activity in B2B and

B2C. As a company we are agile and adaptive to the

needs of our clients, our approach a blend of sales

and marketing to provide a comprehensive solution.

01242 312 121 | hello@iplusgroup.co.uk

iplussales.co.uk

Serviced Offices

01242 300 288

www.hoorayworks.co.uk

dan@hoorayworks.co.uk

01676 532 414

www.mikerobertsproperty.com

office@mikerobertsproperty.com

EVOLVE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LTD

evolveglobal.co.uk - 07496 548 382 - afshan@evolve-global.uk

UP FRONT TRAINING AND COACHING

www.uftraining.co.uk - 07795 474 074 - info@uftraining.co.uk

First Impressions Training, Stratford Upon Avon

Purple Monster, Leamington Spa

Travel

NOT JUST TRAVEL

bobgrace.notjusttravel.com - 07484 284 877 - bob.grace@notjusttravel.com

Utilities

RH Utilities Ltd, Warwickshire

Vehicles

Videography

02477 752 772

www.firstsafetytrainingservices.co.uk

alison@firstsafetytrainingservices.co.uk

01789 294831

www.speartravels.net

beverly.clarke@speartravels.net

02476 158 448

www.electriczoo.co.uk

hello@electriczoo.co.uk

01789 416 990

www.definitionmedia.co.uk

info@definitionmedia.co.uk

We design and devekop WordPress

website that show the world how awesome

your business is. With over 10 years

experience, we are commited to

supporting local Warickshire businesses.

BLUE SQUIRREL SOFTWARE

www.blue-sq.co.uk - 01386 800 350 - james@bluemarblestudio.co.uk

Wellbeing

Charities

01789 330 270 | hello@encode.agency

www.encode.agency

GOODWILL AND GROWTH FOR AFRICA UK

www.gaga-uk.org - 01789 414 088 - claire@gaga-uk.org

HEART OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk - 024 7688 3266 - marketing@heartofenglandcf.co.uk

HEART OF ENGLAND MENCAP

heartofenglandmencap.org.uk - 01789 298 709 - support@heartofenglandmencap.org.uk

THE LEUKAEMIA AND INTENSIVE CHEMOTHERAPY FUND

www.lincfund.org - 07900 433 166 - claire.charlton2@nhs.net

THE MYTON HOSPICES

www.mytonhospice.org - 01926 838 815 - sarah.stallard@mytonhospice.org

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Virtual Assistant

01788 521 970

www.elitepasolutions.com

hello@electriczoo.co.uk

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